A car bomb went off on Saturday outside a hotel in the Somali town of Galkayo in the Mudug region, killing at least seven civilians, a local military officer said, and wounding dozens.
The official said the driver had failed to enter the hotel compound and instead hit a military pickup parked outside as a barrier.
“So far we know of seven people who died, mostly civilians, but the death toll may rise,” said Major Ali Umar. “Over a dozen others were injured, mostly Somali military personnel.”
A medic at Galkayo hospital said it had received over 30 wounded as a result of the explosion.
The militant group al-Shabab, which is trying to topple the central government, could not be reached for comment.
The group is fighting to seize power and establish a state based on its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. It controls small sections of the Mudug region, but not Galkayo.
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